Women and Sport: Terms of reference

26 July 2013

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announces a new inquiry and calls for evidence on Women and Sport.

It was hoped that the successes of Team GB’s female athletes in the Olympics last year would result in greater prominence for women’s sporting achievements and encourage more girls and women to participate in sport. However, it appears that women’s sport still faces a number of disadvantages compared with sport for men.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to investigate what barriers remain to women’s participation in sport and how to overcome these, focusing on:

  • Availability of facilities for training and playing sport, for both girls and women, at both elite and grassroots levels;
  • Finance, including sponsorship and prize money;
  • Media coverage;
  • Reasons why participation in sport by women decreases;
  • The variety of sports on offer to girls at school.

The Committee invites written evidence from those who wish to contribute to the inquiry.

How to respond

As part of a scheme to encourage paperless working and maximise efficiency, the Committee is piloting a new web portal for online submissions of written evidence. Written submissions should therefore be sent via the "Women and Sport" inquiry page of our website.  Submissions should be received by Thursday 19 September 2013.

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